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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Warfare Portals 12

Dear beloved: We are going to take a look at some of the individual portals of entry that Satan will attempt to exploit in an effort to penetrate our armor with his flaming arrows. One of the primary points of entry is through the eyes, or eye gates. Jesus declared in Matthew 7:22 "The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore the eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. v23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great the darkness!" And again in Matthew 5:28 "but I say to you, that everyone who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. v29 And if your right eye causes you to stumble, tear it out, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell." And so we see that it is very important what we let our eyes see, and of coarse we know in the present era how much damage pornography and other types of media are doing to the body of Christ. The pornography business in America is one of the largest segments of the economy dollar wise, and it is taking its toll on family and church leaders in a devastating way. Numbers 33:55 But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those that you let remain of them shall become pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land where you dwell. Proverbs 27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied. And so we see that the eyes are the entry gate and that once Satan establishes a foothold through the eyes, the desires to satisfy are never satisfied, that is why porn and lust become an insatiable appetite. Eye gates can also let in violence and bloodletting and nightmare type movies that do great damage to the soul; so beloved, be careful little eyes what you see! Of the deeds of the flesh listed by Paul in Galatians 5:19, the first four all have to do with eye gates: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, and many of the others listed are also partially instigated through the eyes. In my own life I find I do much better without any television, so as to not fill my mind through the eyes of not just lustful images of women, but also of mindless programs and commercials that have no lasting value and break the anointing off of me that the Holy Spirit has placed upon me. Reading romance or other novels or other mindless books will produce the same results; if you want to increase the anointing in your life, do as Paul suggests in Phillipians 4:8 Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. John tells us of the three sources of sin entry in 1 John 2:16, For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father but is from the world (Satan). The story of the fall of King David revolves around eye gates as told in 2 Samuel 11:2 Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king's house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. David saw her, and he wanted her, and in spite of everything he knew to the contrary, he could not resist what his eyes had shown him. The simple letdown of the eye gates started a cascade of events in David's life that not only tormented his life(pricks in his eyes) but also trickled down to the lives of his children(pricks and thorns), and became a generation curse and iniquity for his family. If you need to clean up the eye gates in your life, confess, repent, and renounce those things as we discussed in earlier teachings, get your eyes right before the Lord! The next teaching we'll talk about another portal common to all of us. May God bless you as your eyes gaze on the beauty of His creation this day. In Christ, Jim

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